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Dear ,

“Are we there yet?” These infamous words from the back seat on a long road trip have been a source of irritation for parents and are resonating in my mind, particularly as we navigate yet another week of social distancing and working from home. While there is no judgment or tone in my commentary, it sure would be nice to “arrive at normal,” once again.

The truth is, nobody knows what normal looks like anymore. We’re already seeing a number of summer events being canceled and summer vacations being altered. Will the Vikings make another hopeless run at the Super Bowl? Will the Guthrie host A Christmas Carol? These are just a couple of questions that are being posed.

The one question I hear most often is, will school be back in session this fall? I would love to tell you I have seen the future and can say without a shadow of doubt, it will be business as usual come the first day of school, but I can’t. What I can tell you is that we are indeed planning on rolling out the red carpet, and I will be greeting at the door on August 31 as our upper school enters for the 2020–2021 school year and on September 1, when the lower school returns. Currently, we are hiring an exceptional group of teachers, purchasing curriculum, and upgrading technology, all with the intention of returning to campus. This fall, we are planning on empowering co-creators of tomorrow through innovative teaching on campus, in our classrooms. Yes, we are planning on returning to Maranatha!

As any well-prepared enterprise should, we are also making contingency plans. This spring, we proved to be agile as an organization when we were forced to introduce remote/eLearning in less than two weeks. This bolstered our confidence as we continue to refine our plans for summer programming as well as fall, intent on providing the education consistent with the values our families love. In the end, we will be an influential school of collaborators, innovators, and explorers grounded in our Christian faith. I believe we will do this efficiently and effectively, no matter the circumstance or challenges.

We all agree Maranatha is not just a school, it’s a community—a family with a heartbeat and soul. Every student, family, and staff member breathe life into and contribute to what makes up the rich culture of our school. Together, we are positioning this generation of students to become spirit-driven leaders, curious explorers, impactful innovators, courageous changemakers, gracious community builders, and empathic problem solvers.

As a school, we are committed to transparency and will keep you informed of developments as they unfold this summer by posting multiple videos on social media and communicating through text, the Maranatha app, our website, and emails. We truly endeavor to partner with you as we navigate these uncertain times. I firmly believe individually and collectively; God is doing a “new thing” in our school and our lives.

I look forward to celebrating the end of an unprecedented school year at our following events:
  • Tuesday, May 26: Lower School Trunk and Treat
  • Tuesday, May 26: Upper School Awards
  • Wednesday, May 27: Upper School Trunk and Treat
  • Thursday, May 28: Pre-Kindergarten Celebration
  • Thursday, May 28: Kindergarten Graduation
  • Friday, May 29: High School Commencement

Thank you for your partnership and commitment to build kingdom in the lives of our students. I am humbled and privileged to serve your family.

We’ve got this, ‘cuz He’s got us,

Brian Sullivan
Head of School


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9201 75th Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55428
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